Celebrate National Picnic Month in July
Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast Invites You To Take a Hike and Let Us Show You the Beauty!
CARMEL, CA – Hyatt Carmel Highlands Overlooking Big Sur Coast, Carmel’s quintessential destination retreat, is celebrating National Picnic month in July with a new hiking and picnic package! Guests will meander beautiful coastal trails experience scenic views, flora, fauna and fun with an experienced Big Sur guide. Our Chefs have prepared a picnic lunch sure to match the incredible scenery of the Big Sur coastline. The keepsake picnic backpack will forever remind you of this stunning experience. Package prices begin at $600.00. (Package available beginning June 1, 2014)
Hikes are led by Stephan Copeland, a Big Sur hiking expert. For the past 32 years Copeland has been in the business of providing guided hikes and walks, for people of varying capabilities, into the breathtaking Big Sur Wilderness. Let him introduce you to the migrating California Grey Whale, where you can get wet from the spout; listen to the sounds of cascading water flowing down a canyon laced with 7 and 8 hundred year old California Coastal Redwoods; explore the most secret of water falls and so much more. One of the guided hikes will take you to the only forest in Big Sur where the only thing between you and the sky are at least 10 thousand Monarch Butterflies.
Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers several different hiking excursions including:
The Walk of the Married Redwoods
As one drives to the trail head, it would be impossible not to notice the incredible vistas this journey through the Big Sur hillside offers. The actual 2 to 2.5 hour walk, mostly in flat terrain, traverses one of the lushest canyons within the area, accompanied all the way by the sights and sounds of rushing water. One can truly get a feel for the serene beauty of Big Sur. This walk also features a very special visual surprise provided by Nature herself… let us show it to you…
Robinson Jeffers Walk
If the contrast between green and blue excites you, this walk is for you. This walk is the best example of Robinson Jeffer’s famous quote, “Big Sur is the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world.” We first make our way up through a lavishly twisting canyon, overlooking terracing waterfalls, while visually experiencing shades of green that you never knew existed, eventually making our way to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. This walk clearly offers a much more intimate relationship with the nature of the area. After leaving the canyon, we make our way down to the sea, where the land seems to melt into the ocean; and where the seal, otter, and occasional humpback whale might be observed. Never will you see such various shades of blue.
For the guest that is striving to attain that inner peace that only meditation can provide, consider the Meditation Walk, A 3 hour experience that starts with a little yoga. Then off to the trail head a 30 minute drive back into the wilderness, with views of the California Coast that only the Red Tail Hawk sees. Upon arrival at the trail head, we will embark upon the trail and traverse the Little Sur River for one hour; silently, while trying to attain oneness with the forest. After one hour we will break for lunch. At this time conversation is permitted. After lunch , a little more yoga, and then the return to the trail head, once again, silently…The rewards from this experience last eternally.
This particular walk glides above the ocean about 80 feet from the sea, on a bluff where we will walk south observing a myriad of both plant and animal life. The smell of the sea coupled with that of California Sage, and a hint of Fennel, are overpowering on this walk. We will then find a path to the seashore… A good part of this walk is spent discovering the various coves that are secretly tucked away throughout this beach walk.
This particular trek introduces you to the Big Sur River, the largest river in the area and specifically shows you two great secluded getaways; a perfect place for a picnic with someone you really care about. If the river is cooperating, we will cross it and search out some beautiful meadows where we might even find a fallen hawk or owl feather. At this point, we head east to view a fairly recent waterfall stunning to the eye… come share it with us… Let us show you the beauty… for the person who might want a tad more exercise, we offer one hike, rather than walk. This hike combines the best ingredients of all the walks in that it provides the added stimulus of sight from 500 feet of elevation! The beauty of Big Sur from this elevation is unparalleled.
For more information regarding Hyatt Carmel Highlands new travel package available beginning June 1, 2014, call (831) 620-1234.
About Hyatt Carmel Highlands, Overlooking Big Sur Coast
Perched on the hillside of the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hyatt Carmel Highlands combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917, Hyatt Carmel Highlands features 48 luxuriously renovated guestrooms, including 11 suites, 32 Ocean View rooms and 5 Garden View rooms. In addition, Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers spectacular dining at the award-winning Pacific’s Edge restaurant and California Market, 4,800 square feet of meeting space, in-room spa services, heated outdoor swimming pool, three spa tubs and a StayFit fitness facility. Situated only four miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, weddings, honeymooners and privileged travelers for nearly a century. Hyatt Carmel Highlands is recognized among the world’s finest hotels as part of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2010 Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s 2009 “T+L 500” World’s Best Hotels.